I’ve been predicting for months just what the Maryland Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission would do.
In July, I wrote: “The conclusions of this commission are already baked in the cake. With five of the seven members of the commission being Democrats, we already know that this legislative commission will continue to endorse the radical partisan gerrymandering that has been the hallmark of Maryland Democrats for decades. Political, racial, gender, and socioeconomic equality will again be sacrificed at the altar of Democratic establishment power.”
Now that the legislative commission has released its inaugural draft congressional maps, I hate how right I’ve been.
Last week, Democrats unveiled their hideous new congressional districts to the world. State Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones managed to publish a joint statement about the process that is not at all rooted in reality, stating that their process has been “open and transparent.” Something that I disproved in my July 30 column.
If you have not seen the maps proposed by the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission, they have to be seen to be believed.
Have you ever thought how similar Union Mills and Silver Spring are? Of course not. But that did not stop the Democrats from lumping those two communities together in an 8th District drawn specifically for Rep. Jamie Raskin to be elected.
Anne Arundel County has long lacked a member of Congress residing in the county. Once again, Democrats sliced and diced the county in order to keep Republicans out, the county divided, and Democrats in power.
Meanwhile, Democrats are trying to figure out how aggressive to be in trying to take out the state’s last Republican congressman, Andy Harris. One proposal has his district cross the Bay Bridge. That’s not unusual, given past maps. What is unusual is trying to create a corridor that takes the district all the way into the Washington, D.C., suburbs.
Speaking of the Washington suburbs, Democrats once again connect Western Maryland with the Capital Beltway.
Do the Democrats, the same party always screaming about “equity” and fair representation, think that this is in any way equitable? Do they really feel that this is fair representation or that it balances the need to keep communities together?
It’s hard to imagine that the Democrats rolled out this kind of map after we saw what Gov. Larry Hogan’s Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission put out. The Hogan-appointed commission provided fair, reasonable maps.
The Democrats just gave us four variations of the same concepts they gave us back in 2011. Sure, they might not look nearly as egregious. But it is the same level of partisan gerrymandering the Democrats always provide us, and it is designed to marginalize conservatives and minorities.
No unbiased observer can look at the two sets of maps and think any of the Democrats’ maps are fair, balanced, compact or justifiable. They’re a joke produced by people too weak to do the right thing for once in their lives.
The Democratic game is always the same and we know that game is rigged. These maps, created with virtually no public input, behind closed doors, is what was expected from Democrats. When given the opportunity to surprise us and join Gov. Hogan in being leaders on redistricting reform, they instead continue to be the same band of political jackals sacrificing the greater good to benefit the Democratic Party.
Maryland’s Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission failed to exceed even the infinitesimally small expectations voters had for it. It’s a joke, and voters need to make their voices heard, which you can do by emailing the commission testimony_LRAC@mlis.state.md.us and demanding fair districts.